Personally, and as a teacher, I am excited to be given the opportunity to teach, learn, and share new ideas with the students, families, and staff of Moanalua Middle School.
I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and attended Waikiki Elementary, Kaimuki Middle, and Kaimuki High School. My favorite teachers were Mrs. Fujii, my Second Grade Teacher; Ms. Hokama, my 8th Grade English Teacher; and Ms. Mendiola, my 12th Grade English Teacher. Through literature and articles, these teachers taught me the importance of interpreting what I read and applying those perspectives to my life. They also gave me pathways to follow my passion for English. I cannot thank them enough!
While traveling in Europe and Japan, I attended the University of Madrid, the University of Salzburg, and Sophia University in Tokyo. Later, I received my Bachelor’s Degree in English from San Francisco State University, my Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Francisco, and my Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Hawaii.
I began my teaching career while living in Tokyo and taught English. Upon my return to Hawaii, I started as an ELL teacher for Ala Wai Elementary School. For 4 years, I worked as the Director of the Respecialization in Special Education at Chaminade University and taught graduate level courses for its teacher certification programs. My work has included ELL, special education, social studies, and English content areas, as well as statewide online high school instruction via HIDOE’s Hawaii Virtual Learning Network.
My husband and I married in San Francisco, then moved back to Hawaii where we had two children. Now grown, Jacob, and his wife Mika live in Tacoma, Washington, where they work for Boeing and the University of Washington, respectively. My daughter, Alegre, is marrying her fiancé Ray, in August 2018. She is returning to work at Punahou School, and he works as an officer in the navy.
They say to whom much is given, much is expected. It is my hope that this will be the mantra for our students, families, and staff of Moanalua Middle School. I look forward to a great year!